Eastern State Penitentiary Annual Hospitality Party Paparazzi Style ++ Lots of New Info on the Famed Spot

Last week I attended Hospitality Night at Eastern State Penitentiary.

It’s always a fun time as the prison brings together the folks in the hospitality industry throughout the City (ie Independence Visitor Center, hotel concierge, tour directors, and the folks that have direct contact with tourist.) and host them at a party to showcase what they have to offer. Everyone gets a mini tour and information on the museum, then it’s party time in the prison with food & beverages from the local restaurants like London Grill, Jack’s Firehouse, McCrossen’s Tavern, Mugshots, Luigi’s Pizza Fresca and D’Angelos. Then there’s dancing in the prison. Yes really.
The event was hosted by the folks at the Eastern State Penitentiary and executed by SpecialtyUSA which consists of Joan Manuel, Kathy Jones Nester and Mark Beyerle
The theme was Hollywood Behind Bars with a red carpet and paparazzi theme. Right up my alley. The “paparazzi” were the folks that participate in the “Terror Behind The Walls” event. Which is ESP’s hugely successful Halloween season tourist attraction. I went this year and it’s was great, really great. I was scared and scream like a little girl and they don’t even touch you and I know it’s fake – LOLLaurel Fairworth arrives, now the party is in full swing. She’s working as PR for MidTown Village, which is gearing up for Beer Week. Karen Gorss and Emily Mankowsh. Karen works at the Constitution Center, but internally editing and writing for them. As you know her main love his her singing, and she has two exciting shows coming up. One is at Positano Coast presents Cocktails and Cabaret with Karen Gross – 6:30 pm doors, 7:30 pm show. And she’s making her debut June 11 at “Don’t Tell Mama” in NYC.

Looking glam & polished as usual
Jason Ohlsen and Erin Montiro
What are you wearing, it’s just fabulous. – New for 2011, Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site literally hands visitors the keys to the cellblocks with new Hands-On History interactive experiences. These short demonstrations take place throughout the penitentiary complex, each lasting five minutes or less
Gina Crivelli and Justin Bean
Mike Kates, of Trolley Works and his brother Anthony
Why do I think this is not foreign to Brian Mottolo –

Prison Break Weekend (Family Events All Day!) June 11 & June 12

11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Rock Wall Climbing
Activities focus on escapes from Eastern State, including an inflatable rock-climbing wall to give visitors a sense of the true size of the massive walls, and a reproduction of a section of the tunnel used in the 1945 tunnel escape. ALSO 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Living History
Two actors—one portraying tunnel mastermind Clarence Klinedinst and one portraying bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton—give their conflicting accounts of who designed the 1945 tunnel, how it was built, and why the escapees got caught. Hear both accounts, ask questions, and determine who you think is telling the truth. Based on actual conflicts in the accounts of Willie Sutton and Clarence Klinedinst.Where Magazine Crew: Scott Persuhn, Writer, Kristina Jenkins, Editor and Kari Oriolo, Sales
And introducing the latest additions to Where Magazine: Brett Coppol, Sales and Beth Douglass, Publisher
Greg Stratton, 1706 Rittenhouse, Kim Fineman, Fineman Realty and Jim Souter
Missy Logan, Greater Philadelphia Marketing Tourism Corp
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Father’s Day

Standard Admission Dads visiting with their kids (of any age) get a free Eastern State Penitentiary embroidered baseball cap. Must be requested at time of ticket purchase. Show Dad you care!

Kathy Jones Nester and Nonnie Cyd Wiernik
Jamil Burnett, Carla Brown, Will Norton, Beverly Hale, and Shawney Latimore want you to know that the Center City Best Western is the only hotel in Center City that has free parking, that’s right free parking. The ESP had a great little “photo booth” where they would take photos of their guests wearing fun props. Then on their way out they got them as souvenirs. So sweet.
Jason Ohlsen and Erin Monteiro met while working at ESP in 2006. He designs the set for Terror Behind The Walls. Their desks were across from each other for over a year before they started dating. Eventually she left ESP, but their relationship grew until last year during the 2/10 blizzard he popped the question to her while building a snowman in the Azalea Garden. She said yes, he didn’t drop her great-grandmother’s engagement ring and last week, at the prison, they married near their desks where it all began. Congratulations! Also big congrats to ESP Marketing Director Ellen Feist and her husband Michael Feist as they are just about to become parents for the first time, YEAH!

The penitentiary is open every day, year round. For more information and schedules, please call (215) 236-3300 or visit (This was a client entry)